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Friday 16 February 2018

Melt It! Pinworthy Inspirations

Hello everyone and thank you for stopping by, it's Deb with you today to share some amazing inspirational creations from our November Pinworthies, Jo of Let's Art Journal and Lys of Impression Scrap. They both made beautiful projects for our current Melt It! challenge, enjoy!


Hello everyone, I’m so excited to be here at A Vintage Journey as a Pinworthy Guest.

A little about me:
My name is Jo and I blog at Let’s Art Journal. I live by the sea in the North West of England with my hubby and I started Art Journaling just over 2 years ago as a way of expressing my life through words and pictures. I love using mixed media for all sorts of projects and I’m captivated by the variety of techniques and materials that can be used to create so many different styles of art. I’ve always been a creative person, and this has now become a passion of mine which I like to share with others.

I’m so glad that I found out about blog challenges like A Vintage Journey as I always have fun taking part, they provide me with so much inspiration and it’s a wonderful way to meet like-minded arty people too.

As I love using mixed media I chose to use the Mixed Media Style to create a heart decoration for each of the four seasons which are inspired by the Melt It! challenge. I had so much fun melting embossing powder for the backgrounds and also melting embossing enamels for the birds on my Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter decorations (grin!)

The front and back of each heart tag is stamped with a different design for each season using various stamp sets, embossing ink and white embossing powder which I melted with a heat gun. The hearts are coloured using inks and decorated with paper flowers, die cut foliage using Garden Greens Sizzix Thinlets by Tim Holtz and some maple leaves; they are coloured using Aqua markers.

The birds are covered with embossing ink and either Aged Hunter, Aged Silver, Aged Marine or Aged Scarlet embossing enamels which I melted using my heat gun. Embellishments include bead flowers, Ranger Stickles, some stamped wording, paper twine, threaded beads and some ribbons.

If you would like to see how they all came together, the full process is detailed on my blog here, along with a list of the materials that I used.  Thanks so much, I really enjoyed joining you today to Melt It! I hope you are inspired by this month’s challenge too and are able to join in the fun!

Thank you, Jo x

Bonjour! What a pleasure to be once more invited on AVJ, among this fabulous team, thanks so much!

I’m Lys and I live in a village in south west of France. After crafting had been here all my life, I discovered scrapbooking and built pages to cherish my family memories, then I jumped into Mixed Media some years ago. I found in my daily life many sources of inspiration, but most of them come from my sensations and feelings. My full time job – psychologist- makes me explore creative resources of people I meet and who need help, but I also need to express myself through creations to keep my mind balanced!

This time it’s my youngest son who gave me the idea: he wished a phone charger stand. It’s not a creation, as I followed rather well a video tutorial, but when my son told me how the throne (of the Game of Thrones series) had been created, I thought it would perfectly fit the “Melt it!” theme Julia chose: the dragon Balerion forged it melting with his fire the swords of defeated enemies.

Hundreds of swords (they actually are cocktail pics) are glued on a base made with foamboard coated with a black plastic sheet.

Many of them are melted with my heat tool, to fit the shape of the throne.

Then all is painted in black, and metallic wax is brushed on the surface.

Please come see the details on my blog

Thanks so much to the team for the invitation, and have fun melting it!  A bientôt!


All I can say is WOW! Thank you so much Jo and Lys for sharing your beautiful projects with us all and I hope that they have inspired you to join in our Melt It! challenge, you have until March 1st to link up your projects so get melting!

Deb and the Creative Guides


  1. Wow, wow and wow again, what amazing (and contrasting) projects from our pinworthies! Amazing work ladies and thanks so much for sharing it with us here at AVJ!!

  2. Wonderful work from Jo and Lys - Amazing!!!

  3. Stunning inspiration from our talented pinworthies, love both projects! xx

  4. Lovely to have Jo and Lys here x your projects are amazing and so inspiring x
    TFS and hugs
    Annie x

  5. Welcome Jo and Lys! and what wonderful inspiring Melt it Projects you are sharing - Your seasonal bird ornaments are lovely Jo - with the pretty embossed birds and seasonal foliage - and that sword chair is just AWESOME Lys! How perfect for your son's cell phone - he just LOVE it - what a creative idea! Thank you both for sharing your talents with us here at A Vintage Journey! Julia xx

  6. Welcome Jo and Lys. Your 'melt it' projects are amazing - so creative and inspiring . Thank you so much for sharing them with us today . You really have spoilt us with your talent.
    Have a lovely weekend everyone
    Amanda x

  7. Awesome projects ladies. I am a huge fan of Game of Thrones; love the chair. Of course I’m rooting for Mother of Dragons.

  8. The Game of Thrones sword chair is amazing and so wonderfully inspired too; I love how it fits the Melt It! Theme with the storyline of the dragon Balerion forging it by melting the swords of defeated enemies with his fire - perfect 😁. Wow, I really appreciate all the lovely comments above, thanks so much for your kindness! It was a pleasure to join you as a Pinworthy Guest and I had so much fun getting creative with my Four Seasons heart decorations for this challenge! Wishing everyone a Happy February! J 😊 x

  9. Wow! Such creative minds and works of art from our talented Pinworthies, Jo and Lys! Thank you ladies, for sharing your amazing inspiration with our readers and us! Big hugs to the both of you super talented ladies!

  10. Thanks for all your comments! I had so much fun creating for AVJ and I love how we can like here be inspired in different ways. I love the four seasons tags, Jo, it's a delicate work with textures and colours for a beautiful effect. Happy crafting everyone!